The internet can be a lot of things and place to find predators sadly, is one of them. I recently learnt of a few unsuspecting individuals that had fallen prey to scams, virus infected videos and yes, identity thieves. What I found shocking about the situation was the fact I had not been taken aback by the revelations. For years now I had been lamenting how important it was for us to safe guard ourselves when we use the World Wide Web for obvious reasons.
I am sure we have heard about the many cases of kidnappings, rape, and killings that occur in the metropolitan countries and we thinking that we are immune is simply preposterous. We can’t afford to let our guard down because we live in an island filled with land, sea and sun. The tropical life style has slowly adopted some of the traits from those smog filled countries with buildings going up into the heavens.
I did a search and found a few things you can do to safe guard yourself from predators on the internet. Unfortunately we couldn’t go through all of the important advice that was available to us but we assure you that if you visit www.pamf.org you will find a plethora of beneficial information which patains to internet security.
Let’s begin with those tips. Never give out personal information, such as your name, home address, phone number, the name of your school, pictures, credit card numbers, or the names of your parents without permission from your parents. Unfortunately for some of us, most of the information mentioned are available in our profile pictures and or biography.
Never meet in person with someone you met online and never give out your password to anyone.
Use a gender neutral username in chat rooms so you are less likely to receive pornographic material or other forms of harassment. If you do receive pornographic material, report it to your local police department.
The Internet is not very private anymore. The world gets smaller as Facebook and Google continue to grow. To see for yourself, try “Googling” yourself (Google search your name). What you find is what everyone else finds.
If you find your unwanted information online, double check all of your privacy settings for online profiles. Again, never give out your password to anyone.
Never open links or files from people you do not know. Never open, forward, or respond to e-mails with pornographic or other inappropriate material. Never respond to advertisements – this confirms that you have a working e-mail account, and you will only receive more junk e-mail.
I know the word never shows up a considerable amount of times but it just shows how serious the risk of losing a loved one is if that person is not careful while enjoying the freedom of the internet.
Take care ya’ll and God bless.